Healing Charlottesville

The Heal Charlottesville Fund was founded in response to the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville in August of 2017. Throughout the summer, Charlottesville was terrorized by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members, culminating in two days of violent clashes and a car attack. Our community was deeply saddened by the loss of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke Bates. A generous outpouring of support resulted in the creation of three funds: Heal Charlottesville, Concert for Charlottesville, and Unity Cville. These Funds are housed at the Community Foundation and are coordinating their work to help injured individuals, ensure trauma counseling services for the community, and address the impacts of structural racism.


We are extremely grateful to all who responded to the events of last summer by making a generous financial gift. Please find the complete list of contributors here. More than 3,000 people made a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville or Concert for Charlottesville Funds. We received gifts from across the country, from individuals and businesses alike, and at all levels of giving. The Charlottesville community is deeply grateful for your overwhelming show of support.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, you can do so here.

Support for the Injured

Funds from the Foundation have been distributed to individuals who were injured by or witnessed the car attack. $300,000 has been distributed to date to help individuals fill gaps where they have expenses due to injury and loss of income, including housing, insurance and car payments, utilities, child care, food, and physical therapy. A dedicated Navigator is helping survivors transition to more sustainable sources of support.

“I was injured in the August 12 car attack. I sustained two spinal fractures, a broken rib, and a severely fractured leg. The Heal Charlottesville Fund is covering many of my expenses while I heal. The Heal Fund pays for my rent, utilities, phone bill, chiropractor, and other expenses. I am so incredibly grateful for their help. I have had three surgeries so far and will be having a fourth surgery next month. Healing from the car attack has been an exhausting and painful process. I am so grateful that I can count on the Heal Fund to help with my expenses until I'm able to return to work. It has relieved a lot of stress to have my finances covered.”  - Survivor of the Car Attack  

Additional funding is available for survivors and we encourage anyone with needs to call the Help Line: (434) 234-4490.

Trauma Counseling

Our whole community was hurting after the traumatic summer in 2017. Different populations were specifically targeted by the violence, racist and Anti-Semitic chants, and intimidation tactics of the white supremacists. First responders and medical volunteers were impacted by what they experienced. Over $155,000 has supported trauma counseling services through the following organizations:

  • ReadyKids
  • Sisters Keeper Doula Collective
  • The Women’s Initiative
  • Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition
  • Common Ground Healing Arts
  • Charlottesville Police Foundation

The Funds have also supported other community efforts:

  • Heather Heyer Foundation to provide scholarships to local students
  • United Way Community Table event in October 2017
  • National Compassion Fund to support individuals impacted by the violence

Support to the Jewish Community

The images and chants used to terrorize Jews in Nazi Germany were seen and heard at the hateful rallies last August. These tactics left our Jewish community members feeling scared, marginalized and traumatized. We worked with Jewish leaders to identify investments that would be meaningful and ensure their community felt safe and valued. Grants supported enhanced security at Congregation Beth Israel and the Brody Jewish Center at University of Virginia. Additional funds are also supporting community-building activities, leadership development, and student-led programs to ensure Jewish students at University of Virginia have opportunities for healing and recovery.

Grants to Address Structural Racism

In our conversations with diverse members in our community, we heard that an important part of healing was to provide opportunities to take action. People wanted funds available to advance work that addresses the deeper, more structural causes of exclusion and marginalization. Many people acknowledged that our community does not work the same for everyone and we have an important opportunity to take steps toward a more equitable community. To that end, the Heal Charlottesville Fund held a grant round to solicit proposals in three areas of work:

  1. Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Community Processes and Decision-Making
  2. Advancing Racial Equity
  3. Increasing Education, Awareness and History-Telling

The applications were reviewed by a 9 person Review Committee of community leaders, educators and entrepreneurs. The Committee made recommendations to the Foundation Governing Board. Meet the Fund Review Committee here.

Grant Recipients

The outpouring of generosity from our region, the University of Virginia alumni community, and individuals and businesses across the globe have enabled the Heal Charlottesville and Concert for Charlottesville Funds to support 42 community initiatives. Together with an anonymous donor, these Funds have provided $1 million in support.

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Community Processes and Decision-making

  • African American Teaching Fellows: to increase the number of diverse teachers in the Charlottesville and Albemarle school system
  • Creciendo Juntos: to support leadership development of Latinx residents
  • Eboni Bugg: to provide equity workshops and trainings for nonprofits and government groups
  • New Hill Development Association: to engage the Black community in planning for a micro-economy
  • Public Housing Association of Residents: to promote the voices of public housing residents and support leadership development
  • Spread the Vote Piedmont: to expand voter access services

Advancing Racial Equity

  • Adorn Natural Hair & Beauty Studio: to expand natural hair care offerings for Black women
  • Albemarle Housing Improvement Program: to provide rehab services to minority homeowners
  • Beyond Fitness with Sabrina: to expand health and wellness programming for Black youth, women, and working families
  • Black Business Expo/WTJU: to feature and promote Black-owned businesses
  • Brave Souls on Fire: to provide culturally appropriate mental health support
  • Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network: to support a collective of therapists of color
  • City of Promise: to expand economic opportunities for low-income adults
  • Charlottesville Community Resilience Fund: to support community members navigating the criminal justice system
  • Charlottesville Food Justice Network: to increase equitable access to food
  • Community Roots Co-Op: to provide culturally appropriate educational opportunities for minority students
  • Cordell Fortune: to promote Black-owned businesses
  • Culinary Concepts AB: to support a youth development program in the culinary arts
  • Fifeville Neighborhood Association: to develop neighborhood green spaces
  • Fountain Fund: to provide low interest micro-loans to returning citizens
  • Heritage United Builders: to support economic opportunities in the construction industry
  • Lending Hands: to provide reentry services to returning citizens in the Charlottesville area
  • Prende Pants: to bring awareness to racial disparities in birth outcomes
  • Resilience Education: to develop a web-based platform that connects returning citizens with people and resources
  • Sin Barreras: to connect Latinx residents to community resources

Increasing Education, Awareness, and History-Telling

  • B. F. Yancey Transition Advisory Committee: to tell the story of enslaved people in Southern Albemarle County
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies/Citizen Justice Initiative at the University of Virginia: to support a story-telling project entitled ‘If These Walls Could Talk: Bringing Community Policing Narratives to Life’
  • Eze Amos: to highlight the experiences of the residents of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood that was destroyed during urban renewal
  • First Baptist Church: to support a historical landmark and community programs
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center: to support the 1966 Project to share stories of desegregation
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center/ Pilgrimage to Equal Justice Initiative: to memorialize John Henry James’ lynching in Charlottesville and support the July 2018 Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jordy Yager: to map the racially restrictive housing deeds throughout the City of Charlottesville
  • JuJu Seeds Media: to write, publish, and distribute children’s books about families of color
  • Kibiriti Majuto: to support the Unveil Cville gathering
  • The Love No Ego Foundation: to provide education about structural racism and its impacts
  • Maupintown Media: to produce a documentary film ‘3rd Street’ about the formally segregated 3rd Street box office at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater
  • Ms. Tessa Community Care and Consulting: to provide workshops, classes, meetings, and social events for children of color to encourage positive self-image and self-confidence
  • One Shared Story: to assist people researching their African American genealogy
  • Sin Barreras: to share the history of migration in the United State since the 1950s and the current legal structure of immigration
  • Starseed Publishing: to develop children’s picture books of families of color
  • Trinity Episcopal Church: to provide a series of workshops to engage residents about local Black history
  • Vivian M. Feggans: to support a reading and writing retreat for Black women

Please Note: Italicized grant recipients will receive funding via the Community Investment Collaborative